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Emergency Medicine



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We are very excited about our elective in Emergency Ultrasound. Over the past decade, the clinical application of ultrasound by emergency physicians has greatly expanded. Emergency Physicians have adopted ultrasound to accurately, efficiently, and safely evaluate and treat the acute patient. The American College of Emergency Physicians has mandated that performance and interpretation of ultrasound imaging is included in emergency medicine residency training. At the University of Kentucky, our Emergency Ultrasound is currently a 4 week rotation in the second and third years of residency that provides necessary information about ultrasound basics and instrumentation with experience performing ultrasound-guided procedures and ultrasound studies on patients who present to our emergency department. Under the direct supervision of an EM ultrasound educator , the resident will have ample opportunity to perform ultrasounds for both normal and pathologic conditions. The rotation combines an established reading curriculum with experience in all the standard ED US applications (RUQ, aorta, pelvic in early pregnancy, FAST, DVT, venous access, and cardiac). At the end of the emergency medicine rotation, the resident will be able to: discuss the basics of ultrasound physics and instrumentation, demonstrate proficiency in obtaining quality ultrasound images, list the indications for an ED bedside ultrasound, discuss the limitations of an ED bedside ultrasound, identify both normal and abnormal findings during an ED bedside ultrasound, and demonstrate proficiency in obtaining vascular access with use of ultrasound. The rotation is concluded with both a written exam and graded direct observation of scanning skills.

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